May 4, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) and Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) jump for the tip off in game seven of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls Survive and Advance to face the Miami Heat


The Chicago Bulls, after blowing a 3-1 series lead as their team fell apart around them, found themselves in time for game seven, where they beat the Brooklyn Nets, 99-93 to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs. Game one will be against the Miami Heat on Monday, in Miami.

Joakim Noah had one of his best games as a pro, putting up 24 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks on 12/17 shooting and dominating the interior throughout. He and Marco Belinelli led the team in scoring with 24 apiece, and Belinelli made a number of big shots down the stretch to help seal the win as Brooklyn made a comeback bid.

In a rather surprising move, rookie Marquis Teague played 14 minutes, scoring 4 points and dishing 3 assists and generally looking very competent, even in a high-pressure environment. Daequan Cook played 8 minutes and hit a three as part of the Bulls second-quarter run to take control of the game.

Now the attention turns to the guys who didn’t play: Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich and Derrick Rose. Deng continued to go undergo treatment in Chicago after he received a spinal tap yesterday and it’s possible he could be ready for round two. Hinrich is still hurt with a calf injury, and nobody seems to have any idea when or if he’ll return.

As for Rose, his brother Reggie had hinted he might return for a possible second round, but nobody really knows anything. Rose spoke to the media today and basically said he might return and he might not, so…yeah. We’ll see.

Until then, the Bulls will rest up tomorrow and take a crack at the Heat on Monday.

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